A memorial dedicated to the Hungarian heroes of the first world war has been unveiled in Budapest’s Fiumei Street cemetery.
During the inauguration of the monument on Sunday, state secretary at the human resources ministry Bence Rétvári said no war in Hungary’s history has claimed more lives than the first world war.
Rétvári said that out of the 3.8 million people mobilized from Hungary’s then territory, 661,000 died, 743,000 were wounded and 734,000 were POWs.
The state secretary said the memorial is in line with the objective laid down in the fundamental law, namely to restore historical continuity broken during the Nazi and communist occupations of the country.
The memorial is the first of its kind to be erected in Budapest since the change of regime.